Job type
Full time
South Africa
Lead recruiter
Vibhuti Shrotria
Supply & Logistics
Reporting Line
Planning & Logistics Manager, Middle East & Africa
Level of experience
Individual Contributor/Support (Non - Managers)
Contract type


Your Opportunity

This is a unique opportunity to be part of our Middle East Africa team and play an important Global role in our organization. 

You will build deep partnership at a global and local level, across Bacardi.

You will play a major role in adding value driving the Sales & Operations Planning process for the region, ultimately helping Bacardi to deliver against our BEST10 growth aspirations to support sales.

About You

You are skilled at consistently building deep, trusting partnership with sales, finance, customers, marketing, and leaders.

Structured, focused and organised define your approach as you navigate multiple high priority.

You are solution oriented with a fantastic attention to detail, great listening skills and proactive approach to anticipating business needs.


With our consumer at the heart your key focus will be

Sales & Operation Planning 
  • Work closely with Marketing, Sales, Customers, Finance and business team to ensure the agreement to define new Best10 process.
  • Analyse current business, demand trends and predict future trends for middle and longer-term horizon (24 months)
  • Manage the Demand Planning processes to ensure that plans are established, monitored, and reviewed in order to ensure efficient and timely distribution of products to customers
  • Support the MEA Planning & Logistics Manager in the S&OP process and preparation of the monthly meeting
  • Build visibility between financial target and volume sales plan and support the financial team in the financial cycle
  • Ensure cross functional alignment and business ownership at multiple levels
  • Maintain S&OP tools and report risks and opportunities
  • Collaborate with sales to understand customers’ data and understand their ordering patterns 
Forecast Accuracy 
  • Manage sales forecasts at IPC / customer level 
  • Analyse all data to ensure that sales forecast are realistic (historical sales, market trends, seasonality, promotions, customer data (inventories, depletions, forecasts)) and challenge Regional Sales Managers about inconsistencies
  • Maintain/adjust/create documentation, standard operating procedures and mapping for demand planning processes and systems
  • Conduct forecast data submissions in system following the global S&OP and forecasting calendar
  • Improve forecasting techniques and method to increase accuracy
New Products Introduction 
  • Cooperate with the Activity Management Team to ensure effective Innovation process with the aim of reducing supply chain complexity, optimizing route to markets, increasing supply reliability/flexibility and harmonizing the MEA SKU portfolio
  • Coordinate promotions activities and projects with Marketing, Sales, Distributors and MEA Demand Manager
  • Be the single point of contact for Bacardi VAP being produced/copacked 
  • Follow launch of promotions, VAPs, Limited Editions and Innovations
  • Maintain the products’ portfolio list including lifecycle information and communicate regularly with stakeholders
  • Align with supply planning on the right level of replenishment and inventory for new products
  • Make sure forecast is reflected 4 months minimum before first shipment date
  • Communicate to sales / customer service on first availability date from our warehouse
Inventory management / Product lifecycle monitoring 
  • Identify write-offs risks and root causes and set action plan to reduce/avoid and monitor. Seek for solutions.
  • Follow up Slow mover/No mover stocks and take relevant actions to deplete those. Seek for solutions.
  • Ensure any issues / alerts are raised promptly with sales/customers to avoid those.
  • Review and set the right safety stocks policies with supply planning/operation centres’ planning teams
Supply Challenges 
  • Manage short/medium term supply constraints (ex. quality, technical…) to deliver product (Finished goods, Global Promotions/Limited Editions and POS) on the agreed basis
  • Monitor allocation of limited products, communicate on status
  • Understand route to markets, MOQs and Leadtime’s with plants and customers 
  • Communicate to regional sales team and customer service on Middle East Africa products’ out of stocks, root causes and resolution timing in promptly manner


The skills and experience needed to create your legacy
  • Excellent knowledge of processes within operations (finance, manufacturing, packaging, supply chain, markets and central marketing). Min 3-5 years of work experience in demand planning process. Knowledge of demand planning technology and decision support tools is preferred
  • Business savvy and a good understanding of the consumer & customers’ needs. 
  • Strong Interpersonal, negotiation and collaboration skills with the ability to build relationships across a deep and wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrate accountability and capability to work independently with confidence to ask for support when required.
  • Ability to find effective ways of working within a matrix organization, and within a fast-changing environment. 
  • Administration skills and extreme attention to detail.
  • Managing stakeholder expectations in relation to delivery & execution.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively with teams across different geographies and cultures.
  • Excellent creative thinking skills with emphasis on developing innovative solutions to complex problems that may not have one clear answer. 
  • Strong Excel, PowerPoint, Database, Reporting system skills (Power BI)
  • Language Requirements: English is essential


At Bacardi we care deeply about finding brilliant talent who can bring the following personal attributes to help elevate our 3Fs: Fearless, Family, Founder culture to the next level.

  • Belonging: You have a strong capacity to create a culture of ‘Belonging’, where people feel appreciated for who they are, what they do, and who they can become
  • Self-Awareness: You have high levels of self-awareness, are reflective and know yourself well, understanding both your own strengths and weaknesses and your impact on others
  • People Agility: You bring a deep ability to understand and relate to people and navigate through tough situations to harness and multiply collective performance
  • Results Agility: You demonstrate consistent delivery of results in first-time situations by inspiring teams, exhibiting a presence that builds confidence in yourself and others.
  • Mental Agility: You can think critically to penetrate complex problems and expand the possibilities by making fresh connections. You think strategically whilst being execution focused and bring creativity to the challenges you’re presented with
  • Change Agility: You have a deep natural curiosity, desire to experiment and ability to effectively deal with the heat of change. You have a growth and learning mindset: ready to test, stumble, learn and apply from experience

Disclaimer: Bacardi seeks talent from all backgrounds to bring diversity of thought, agility and capability to our organization across the globe. We promote a working environment where all employees are treated and rewarded fairly. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination that adversely affects individuals or groups on the basis of national origin, race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, and any other legally protected aspect of a person’s identity. 

U.S. applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws.


At Bacardi, we are committed to providing our Primos (employees) with a comprehensive Total Rewards package of compensation, benefits, incentives, allowances, well-being, and much more to meet the needs of themselves and their families. It goes beyond just Cash! The total rewards program is based on pay for performance, whereby the incentive programs are linked to company and individual performance.

Compensation, Paid Time Off & Retirement

  • Competitive Pay Package
  • Competitive Holiday/Paid Time Off, plus additional days offered ( i.e., volunteer day, allowing you to give back to the community)
  • Retirement/Pension Plan

Health & Wellbeing

  • Medical, Critical Illness, and Life Insurance
  • Calm Meditation App subscription (free)
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Best-in-class, family-friendly, and inclusive leave policies

Additional Benefits

  • Flexible work arrangements (depending on role/office/site location)
  • Access to E-learning Platforms and Career Development programs
  • Travel Discounts ( i.e., hotel and car rental)
  • And much more!
The benefits /perks may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Bacardi, your work location, and are subject to change.

Some benefits may be subject to an employee contribution.

Some benefits may be fully or partially subsidized. Incentive plans are linked to the nature of your employment and can vary based on region, market, function or brand.

Be a Part of Our Culture

BE                  Fearless

We empower our teams to question, challenge and innovate.

This means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable with trying new things and taking risks, without being reckless.


We treat each other, and our communities, like family. Always.

We are all ‘Primos’ (Spanish for cousins) at Bacardi. Being part of the family gives you the support you need to be the best you can be.


The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do.

Everyone at Bacardi sees this business as their own. We do the right thing for the business and take accountability for our work.


Be Fearless, act like a Founder.

Follow our Primos on their journey to success. Where did they start and what’s it like to work for Bacardi? You too can be part of our story.